HUMAN FACTORS ASSESSMENT OF THE CF LOAD CARRIAGE VEST

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Authors
  1. Tack, D.W.
  2. Gaughan, P.M.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
Abstract
A preliminary controlled human factors (HF) field trial evaluation of the in-service load carriage webbing and a prototype load carriage vest (LCV) was undertaken to determine the suitability and acceptability of the LCV for future Canadian Forces (CF) procurement. The HF field trial evaluation was undertaken at CFB Gagetown with the support of the Trials and Evaluation Section. Each of thirty regular force infantry soldiers wore the LCV over one of three fragmentation vests (used in the previous 3 day trial of fragmentation protective vests). Following LCV issue, fitting, adjustment and accessibility evaluations, the standard fighting order load carriage requirement (as per Battalion Standard Operating Procedures), normally carried in the 82 patter webbing, was packed in the LCV. Participants were then required to perform various obstacle course tests to evaluate ease of movement, thermal load, physical comfort, stability, balance and performance. Vest compatibility was evaluated with a range of critical military clothing, equipment and weapon systems. Data collection included questionnaires, focus groups, performance measures and HF observer assessments. The LCV design was not evaluated with the use of hard armour plates due to their unavailability. The results of the limited field trial indicated that the LCV was acceptable for many criteria assessed. TRUNCATED
Keywords
Load carriage;Load bearing;Fighting order;Field trial;Battle tasks;Load Carriage Vest (LCV)
Report Number
DCIEM-98-CR-07 — Contractor Trial Report
Date of publication
01 Mar 1996
Number of Pages
60
DSTKIM No
98-01344
CANDIS No
508207
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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